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MAMTA YADAV UPSC 2020-21 Rank-5

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ABOUT MAMTA YADAV :

  • In 2019, Mamta embarked on her UPSC journey, successfully passing the exam at rank 556 and securing a position in the Indian Railways Personnel Services.
  • Unsatisfied, she undertook a second attempt at the IAS Examination, receiving strong support from her family and well-wishers.
  • Mamta dedicated herself to self-study, extending her daily study hours from 8-10 to 10-12, which ultimately led to her remarkable achievement of securing the 5th rank in the UPSC 2020 exams.
  • She attributes her success to the steadfast support of her family, who take great pride in her accomplishment as the first girl from their village to achieve such significant progress in education.
Category Details
Name Mamta Yadav
Age 26
Rank 5
Attempt 2
Optional PHYSICS
Family Background FATHER , MOTHER and SIBLING
Hometown BIHAR
Previous Occupation INDIAN RAILWAY PERSONNEL SERVICE
Selected as IAS

EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND :

  • Throughout her academic journey, Mamta demonstrated exceptional prowess, particularly in the science stream.
  • In her 10th-grade exams, she achieved an impressive 97% and emerged as the school’s top performer.
  • Similarly, in her 12th-grade exams, she attained a commendable 91% in the science stream, once again earning the title of school topper.
  • Following this, she completed her B.Sc degree with a commendable 75% score.
  • Mamta holds the distinction of being the first IAS officer in her family.

FAMILY BACKGROUND :

  • Her father, Ashok Yadav, is employed in a private company, while her mother is a homemaker.
  • Additionally, she has an elder brother who serves as an excise inspector and is presently stationed in Kolhapur.

MEERA'S PREPARATION STRATEGY :

  • In addition to the typical UPSC reading list, Mamta Yadav concentrated on enhancing the subjects where she had previously scored lower in her initial attempt.
  • She dedicated substantial efforts to solving past UPSC Question Papers to improve her performance.
  • Learning from her previous oversight of not taking a mock test, she corrected it by attempting approximately 7-8 IAS Mock Tests, with a specific emphasis on essays.
  • Instead of enrolling in coaching centers, she prepared for UPSC by relying on Test Series.
  • She prioritised Current Affairs and the UPSC GS-1 syllabus, areas she had not fully covered in her previous attempt.
  • Mamta suggests that candidates preparing for UPSC prelims should have a solid foundation in static knowledge.
  • According to her, one newspaper and one magazine (such as Kurukshetra or Yojana) are sufficient for current affairs, but candidates should be thorough and diligent in utilizing them for UPSC preparation.
  • Mamta Yadav believes that previous year's question papers from 2013 are highly beneficial for IAS preparation, as per her experience achieving UPSC 2020 AIR 5.
  • Candidates should also have a comprehensive understanding of current affairs not only in India but also on a global scale.
  • Mamta underscores the importance of consistent revisions carried out in the preceding months, emphasizing that this practice should be maintained even in the final 15 days before the exam.
  • Abruptly altering one's preparation strategy will only result in reduced focus.